Rice CS alumna Anna (Heng) Chi (BA ’17) is a software engineer working on Amazon Go. While an undergraduate, she explored internships in both academic research and industry teams. Before spending a summer as a Salesforce intern, she developed an auto-grader for homework assignments in Professor Vivek Sarkar’s COMP 322 (Fundamentals of Parallel Programming) course.
Chi said she thoroughly enjoyed the structure and content of the Rice CS courses, especially the challenging classes such as Algorithm and Operating System. “Lectures of those courses are amazing and the professors are really passionate about the class material, while providing interesting projects to work on,” said Chi. She admired the strictness and the discipline of those classes, which helped not only reinforce an effective work ethic, but also motivated her to take up the challenge and re-innovate in this field.
These days, Chi is working on building a path from the widespread online retail market to the real-life physical retail shopping experience like Amazon Go Stores.